Friday Focus 16/12/2022 – Overstretched

It’s been a very busy week of festive activities and trying to fit all the things I need to do around them, which has left me feeling very overstretched this week. I’ve reached the point that the to-do list has more things on it than I actually have time to do this side of Christmas and I’m trying to filter out things that are priorities plus trying to carve out time to step away from the hecticness of it all and just take a moment to breathe here and there. I’m looking forward to reaching the point when I can just switch off from all the external demands and enjoy spending time with my family over the festive period!


The word 'overstretched' drawn stretched out


What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Thomas holding his 'Wow of the Week' certificate; Thomas with his cousin; Sophie, Thomas and a friend on a narrowboat going through a lock; Sophie and Thomas standing in front of a snowy garden table with a mini snowman on top; a roast turkey dinner; Sophie at her dance class; Jessica's forever bed with a robin perched on her Christmas wreath in front of her memorial - "#365daysofgratitude 2022 - Week 50"


  • Day 343 – I am grateful for a ‘Wow of the Week’ for Thomas for ‘showing his school spirit in the nativity and giving it a go’


  • Day 344 – I am grateful for a lovely pre-Christmas visit to see some of my family.


  • Day 345 – I am grateful for a fun narrowboat trip with friends to go and visit Father Christmas.


  • Day 346 – I am grateful for time to play in the snow and make a teeny snowman before school.


  • Day 347 – I am grateful for a lovely evening out at the work Christmas meal.


  • Day 348 – I am grateful for getting to watch Sophie in her dance classes this evening.


  • Day 349 – I am grateful for time to make Jessica’s Christmas wreath and a moment of calm in amongst the hecticness of the festive season to focus on my beautiful big girl. So lovely to have a little robin come and sit with me there too.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Doing a scratch nativity at church.


  • Getting a message from a friend who works in paediatric theatres in the hospital where Jessica had her surgeries to tell me that my books are being used to help other children there. It means so much to know that Jessica’s story is still helping others.


Two copies each of my books 'Jack has a heart operation' and 'Jessica has a heart operation'


  • Spotting Santa out on his pre-Christmas rounds on the way home from Sophie’s dance class.


Sophie talking to Father Christmas outside a house


  • Thomas’s delight at getting to go on “a big bus” for his school trip to see a children’s show at the theatre.


  • Sophie and Thomas dressing up as elves for their last dance classes of the term.


Sophie and Thomas dressed as elves at their dance class


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7 thoughts on “Friday Focus 16/12/2022 – Overstretched

  1. Your photos are lovely as usual and you have much to be grateful for. But I am sorry you are feeling overstretched, I hope you get some down time to relax too. x

  2. I am going to write my to-do list for the run up to Christmas and I am dreading it. It’s going to be busy. I hope you find some time to relax before Christmas.
    It looks like a lovely week in photos. That is fantastic that Jessica’s books are helping other children. x

    1. Thank you, I’ve done most of the to-do list now so am a bit more able to relax. Hope you manage to get everything done.

  3. So nice to be able to see Sophie’s dance class (I used to hate when parents would come in to watch mine, but as a parent now, I love being able to watch N’s sports every week). Hopefully the run up to Christmas goes smoothly.

    1. It is nice to be able to watch their classes. I’m glad you’re able to watch N’s sports each week.

  4. Sorry to hear you were overstretched but you still managed to find joy and gratitude in the lead up to Christmas. I love the tiny snowman! #project365

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